Boys varsity squash finished their regular season with a 1-11 record after some tough fought matches but delivered a strong finish by winning their New England’s Class C competition.
Although the team had a difficult, hard fought regular season, their hard work paid off as they won the end-of-season championship.
Four resilient Wyverns reached the finals, and three came home with individual titles, helping the team capture the overall title.
Sophomore Henry Krieble won the title at No. 3 singles, junior James Ravalese was victorious at No. 4 singles and freshman Teddy Keegan won at No. 6 singles
Although the the team had a strong lineup, they had very difficult competition throughout the season.
On Senior Day, Wednesday, Feb. 20, the Wyverns helped celebrate their three seniors on the team, captain Aidan Shea, Eryk Jones, and Sam Mazo for their contributions to the team over the past few years.
The team was not able to accompany the celebration with a team win against the Williston Northampton School but they, fought hard.This year the team had a very difficult and very competitive schedule.
“The season was pretty difficult and although we only had one win, we had a lot of close matches,” Shea said. “We played against tough opponents which challenged us a lot such as Suffield Academy, Pomfret, and Loomis Chaffee.”
Head Coach Robby Lingashi said he is very proud of his team for competing at such a high level. “I have been impressed with the team this year because although we are in the C division, we play teams from the A division and are able to compete,” Coach Lingashi said. “The match against Williston Northampton School was extremely close, and all was riding on the number five position and everybody gave everything they had so I was proud of them even though we lost 4-3.”
Although the team was small, they were close. “Our team chemistry was pretty great, and I think that is what made the season so fun despite the losses,” Shea said. “Because there are only 10 guys on the team, we got to know each other really well and it’s fun hanging out with them during practice because I usually don’t see them during school.”
It was sort of a rebuilding year because the team was quite young with two other sophomores and one freshman,” Henry said.
For Shea, his last high school match was challenging. “My favorite match of the season had to be my very last one at New England’s,” he said.
“It went to five games, and I was so exhausted, but all my teammates were there supporting me. Even though I lost, it was probably the most tired I’ve ever been in any sport, so I was happy I was able to give everything I had in my very last game.”